Linking North and South: Responding to Environmental Change celebrates Edmonton’s role as a gateway to Canada’s north, and the IASNR’s holistic focus on global environmental issues of interest to diverse communities. The meeting focus encompasses a wide variety of international and national resource management issues, such as tourism and recreation, environmental justice, and collaborative stakeholder processes, the social impacts of energy development and the influence of climate change on communities and resources.
Numerous researchers are studying cumulative effects of resource development, the political ecology of land use, environmental politics, environmental, land and parks management, and challenges from many different scales in regards to preparing and adapting to environmental change. The North-South linkage is intended to speak to our participants that come from as many as 50 other countries. Environmental change, in the form of climate change, water quality and quantity needs, and conditions of protected areas remain key issues, especially in relation to economic restructuring in many parts of the world.
In addition to “Linking the North and the South,” ISSRM 2012 seeks to encompass the following subthemes:
- Indigenous, local, and citizen knowledge in shaping natural resource management
- Optimism and Deep Worry in a changing world: North and South relations
- Climate change, social change: Congruencies and Contradictions
- Water and policy: Linkages across communities, countries and continents
- The art of play in nature: Trends and Turns in relationships with leisure
- Livelihoods, Quality of Life and Governance
- Public Participation: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
- Advocacy in academe, government and think tanks: legitimacy in the public’s eye
- Diversity and exclusion in environmental policy and management
- Landscape stewardship, bureaucratic management and neglect: finding the bridges to care for the land
photo of Astotin Lake from Alberta Tourism